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i'm keith olbermann. good night and good luck. >>> please join us for the live edition of "countdown" every week night at 8:00 p.m. >>> tackling tax cuts. president obama sets the stage for a showdown with prens over plans to stimulate the economy. >>> devastation in detroit, flames sweep through dozens of homes in michigan. >>> and officials take no chances with a toy pony bomb square. >>> this is "first look" on msnbc. we begin this morning with getting personal. president obama will dig deep during a speech in cleveland today where, according to administration officials, he'll draw on his own personal background to convince voters that he knows what it's like to struggle through tough times. tracy potts joins us with more from washington on how the president plans to boost the economy. >> republican leader john boehner and in a region hit hard by unemployment. the president is expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy. individuals earning overed 200,000 and couples over $250,000. plus, he wants to spend $50 billion on transportation pr
us now from capitol hill with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the president has a problem because increasingly democrats also disagree with him over taxes, and republicans are digging in, not good signs for a compromise seven weeks before an election. >> reporter: how to win a tax fight and an election. first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> reporter: then put pressure on your opponents. >> we simply don't have time anymore to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over 250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty part season fight headed into november. more than two dozen democrats now disagree with president obama. republicans are not wavering. >> republicans are united. no tax increases on nobody. >> reporter: even house leader john boehner, who suggested sunday he might support the president, is now backing off. >> if it's your only option as you said sunday, would you vote -- >> i want to extend all of the current tax breaks. >> reporter: tuesday's primary appears t
's september 28. i'm keith olbermann, good night and good luck. join us for the live edition of "countdown" every weeknight at 8:00 eastern, 5:00 pacific bchlt there. aloha. >>> battling for votes. he became the presidenter campaigning for change. now voters want change. >>> seeing red, a colombian bullfight turns deadly for rowdy speck tail tors. >>> and military mishap, two navy pilots under fire for lowering their choppers into lake tahoe. good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz, those stories for you straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> now, we begin this morning with desperate measures. president obama heads to the nation's heartland today where he will no doubt rake with republicans over the coals but they aren't the only ones in the hot seat. the president turned up the heat on his own party members yesterday hoping to obtain the support that won in the presidency. tracy potts has more for us now from washington. good morning, tracey. >>> buck up, president obama said in one interview. he's trying to reenergize this party with political tough love. >> i don't know
i'm keith olbermann. good night and good luck. please join us for the live edition of "countdown" every weeknight at 8:00 eastern/5:00 pacific. >>> sounding off. president obama goes face to face with americans frustrated with the economic slump. >>> feline fiasco. a woman in england faces the music for tossing a cat into a garbage bin. >>> and terror in the stands. horrifying moments as a bleacher packed with spectators collapses in brazil. good morning, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with on the defensive. at a town hall held by cnbc in the nation's capital, president obama held his ground while frustrated citizens took turns taking shots at his economic strategy. the president repeatedly defended his policies while fielding pointed questions from americans who fear the worst from the economy. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> quite frankly, i'm exhausted. i'm exhausted of defending you, defending your administration. >> reporter: self-described obama supporters laid into him live on cnbc's t
yesterday. it was blocked by republicans who had some claiming democrats were using the issue to score political points. steve handelsman has more. >> i sat here today on two good legs again as a proud gay marine. >> reporter: democrats rolled out their big guns. eric alva, one of the first warriors hurt in battle. >> it did not matter. >> reporter: he got a medical discharge but since don't ask, don't tell took effect, 13,000 men and women have been kicked out of the military. >> it's long past time to repeal this policy which is both unjust, un-american and extremely hurtful to the effectiveness of our military. >> reporter: but republicans blocked a vote. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: john mccain opposes repeal. >> the senate goes down this path, we will be ignoring the views of the troops and casting aside the professional military advice by given by each of the four service chiefs. >> reporter: before president obama awarded a medal of honor, the marine he's chosen to keep in charge said don't let gays serve openly yet. >> we're not quite sure what the impact will b
. >> many questions must be answered by all of us, whose job it is to protect our people. >> reporter: protection sseems too late for many of the san bruno residents who finally got the all-clear on sunday to go home. >> i'm anxious. when we left i thoug i'm leaving all of 36 years of memories in a house, and i may never see them again. >> reporter: memories now tainted with many unanswered questions. frances coe, nbc news. >>> here is a look at other news going on around america today. in alabama a police officer is recovering after a bizarre series of accidents sent him to the emergency room. the officer was first thrown 50 yards off his motorcycle when it crashed and caught fire after a vehicle moved out of line during a funeral procession. an ambulance responded to the scene but soon after en route to the hospital it overturned and caught fire. the officer suffered mulple broken bones and significant fiauma to his legs and as. >>> more than 25,000 people filled new york's central park for a five kilometer race for the cure. politicians, celebrities and other supporters ran alongs
.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> veronica, good morning. what you'll see this morning will take on a distinct campaign trail feel, designed to use what worked for them two years ago during the presidential campaign, the president swinging through states to energize young voters and to sell his economic plan. part of that plan was helping small businesses. we saw that as he signed the small business bill into law yesterday, creating a $30 billion fund to give them more money to free up money for these businesses to expand and hire workers. today, president obama takes his message to albuquerque, new mexico, where he'll continue a series of backyard meetings with voters and have a big rally at the university of wisconsin later on tonight. as we get closer to the election, we're seeing the administration get much more aggressive in tone and message, vice president biden saying stop whining and look for alternatives out there. president obama calling pledge to america irresponsible. today, we'll find out what voters think consumer confidence numbers
spoke about the u.n. goals to reduce poverty and disease by 2015. he said the u.s. had developed its own policy changing the way it does business to help the country as well as the world reach those goals. today he is expected to focus on continuing rebuilding international relations and also paying attention to much of what's going on in the middle east, many of the foreign policy issues left over from the bush administration that are still ongoing that include the situation in iraq, combat units, of course, left there at the end of august but still 50,000 u.s. troops remain there training security forces, of course, troops in afghanistan have also been increased as well as the attacks from insurgents that have also increased in that region and, of course, there is also talk with north korea and iran that they're defying international pressure to stop their nuclear weapons programs and, of course, peace talks between israeli and palestinian leaders, got a jump start earlier this .but so far no more direct talks are planned. a lot for the president to tackle in just a few hours. >> miche
reach a boiling point. nbc's tracie potts joins us now from capitol hill. good morning. >> good morn pentagon. it's going to be a big day, a big week and a big season headed into the elections as congress tries to figure out whether or not to extend these bush tax cuts that are expiring at the end of the year. now, coming out of the weekend republican leader john boehner who had been critical of the president's plan signaled that he might support it in order to get something done before these tax cuts expire. but all hopes of a compromise were dashed when his party came out very strongly yesterday and said that these tax cuts must be preserved for everyone, the poor, the middle class, and, yes, the wealthy. those who make over $250,000. his party is not the only group to support that. we now know of at least three democrats who say, look, this is the wrong time with our economy still not on good footing to raise taxes. we need to preserve these tax cuts for everyone. so it's a fight not only against republicans but against some members of the democratic party as well. lynn? >> thanks
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